Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals finally get underway in South Beach Wednesday. Oddsmakers have tabbed the Miami Heat as 8-point home favorites hosting the Indiana Pacers. We chat with Aron Black of online book Bet365.com about the betting patterns heading into tonight’s tipoff:
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat – Open: -8, Move: -7.5, Move: -8
Early money on the underdog budged this spread a bit but action is coming in on Miami at a 4:1 pace and has sportsbooks dealing their original line on Game 1.
However, there is concern that the Heat may be rusty after having seven full days off since eliminating the Chicago Bulls in five games. Miami fell in Game 1 to Chicago as lofty home favorites following an extended break after its Round 1 sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Could be a bit of rust again for Miami, and Indiana will need to get out of the blocks quickly,” Black told Covers. “Although Indiana has performed well against Miami this season, they showed some inconsistency on the offensive end. You have to wonder if they will have enough offense to keep Miami at bay and keep the game close. Defensively they have been impressive, but it’s the point scoring that’s the main worry for most who look at backing them.”
As for the Game 1 total, books opened the number as high as 183 and have watched that total drop to 182. According to Black, since the move down, action on the over/under is split.
The Heat have posted a 3-6-1 over/under record in Game 1 of a series since adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh to the roster. Miami and Indiana went 2-1 over/under versus each other in the regular season.